Chhetri and Lalpekhlua to go on trial with Rangers

Sunil Chhetri in action for India
Chhetri has an impressive international scoring record

Rangers will assess Indian strikers Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua when the pair go trial with the Ibrox club later this month.

Chhetri, 27, and 20-year-old Lalpekhlua are regulars in India's national team.

"Both players have excelled in the I-League and now have the chance to train with Rangers," said Rangers chief operating officer Ali Russell

"Sunil and Jeje will be assessed at Murray Park and will have every chance to impress the management team."

Mohun Bagan's Chhetri has scored 24 goals in 52 international appearances while Pune's eight-time capped Lalpekhlua has five goals for India.

Matchworld India agent Yogesh Joshee says the pair "will need to raise their game to impress" Rangers.

"Sunil and Jeje are looking forward to coming to Scotland for trial later this month," said Joshee.

"Both players are well aware Rangers is a far higher standard than they are used to but they will give their all during their trial period at [training ground] Murray Park.

"Sunil has been the top player in India for the last five years while Jeje has recently burst onto the scene and both players know a lot about British football as they worked with the national team's English coach Bob Houghton."

Jeje Lalpekhlua in action for India
Lalpekhlua has broken into the India team this year

Meanwhile, Rangers' head of business development Raymond Farrelly is to travel to India to meet representatives from Indian League clubs in the hope of establishing scouting links.

Russell said: "A Rangers delegation will visit India later this month to meet with key officials from the Indian Premier League.

"There are undoubted opportunities for Rangers in the Indian market.

"The club is attracting interest globally and there is now a huge appetite across the Atlantic following the recent signings of USA captain Carlos Bocanegra and rising star Alejandro Bedoya."

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